Mental health treatment is a condition that may be imposed to monitor a person's mental health wellness. This condition may require people on supervision to participate in mental health counseling. Treatment may include such services as psychological/psychiatric evaluations, individual, family, or group counseling, and medication. This also provides the probation officer the ability to monitor people on supervision who suffer from mental disease, which may range from anxiety and depression to more chronic disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or pedophilia.
The probation officer's duties include an initial determination as to whether there is a need for mental health treatment. Once the condition is imposed, the probation officer will use the following steps to ensure compliance:
- Interview the individuals and their families.
- Consult with mental health professionals.
- Refer to mental health programs.
- Observe signs of danger, such as suicide threats, failure to take prescribed medication, or withdrawal from everyday life.
- Take steps to control and correct the situation if people on supervision are noncompliant.